More Snow & Cold for the Holidays

Another week and another storm or perhaps two are aiming to affect the Wisconsin River Valley.  Let's start off with the Monday night-Tuesday snow producer.  Once again low pressure taking a northerly route across the Rockies in Idaho and heading into the western Plains on Monday will slip southeast toward our region Monday night into the morning Tuesday.  Unlike the major snowfall from December 11th-12th, this storm won't have quite as much moisture associated with it, but still will cause some problems.  The snow is expected to arrive Monday afternoon in the southern and western parts of the area, then overspread the rest of the region by Monday evening.  The snow continues into early Tuesday, tapering off to flurries or some freezing drizzle by later Tuesday morning.  How much is going to fall?  Here's my best shot at the snowfall potential:

This again is probably going to mean breaking out the shovel to clear the sidewalk or driveway on Tuesday morning and could cause some rough travel conditions as well.  Once this storm exits to the east, we have a brief break for a couple of days, followed by another chance of snow showers just before Christmas.  Once again we will be monitoring this part of the forecast as the time gets closer.  Just like for the couple days leading up to and following Thanksgiving, the days around Christmas tend to be big travel days and any storm working through the U.S. can cause headaches.

And for those of you keeping score at home, the Winter Solstice occurs on Tuesday evening just before 6pm.  This is the time of the year when the sun is at the southern most point on earth, near the Tropic of Capricorn.  The good news for us is after losing daylight for the last 6 months, the tide will turn and we'll begin to have the brighter skies extending toward 5pm and beyond by later in January.  Of course on the flip side, the coldest weather tends to be from mid-January through a good chunk of February, meaning we've got a long way to go with winter.  Also if we do pick up a bit more snow in the days ahead, it appears many more snowmobile trails will be able to open.  Of course you find out more about those trails under the news section of our webchannel and on our facebook page at Newschannel 7.

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